‘Jorginho needs movement without the ball’: Maurizio Sarri admits £57m man struggles to play his ‘one-touch’ style without help from team-mates
- Jorginho impressed as Chelsea beat struggling Huddersfield 5-0 on Saturday
- The £57m midfielder has come in for criticism but Maurizio Sarri defended him
- Sarri says Jorginho relies on the movement of his team-mates to play his game
- The Italian was pleased with how his side moved the ball and attacked spaces
Maurizio Sarri believes a lack of movement in his Chelsea side has hindered the performances of Jorginho during his debut season.
The Italy midfielder, who followed Sarri from Napoli in a £57million deal last summer, has come under fire for his performances in recent months.
But after Jorginho starred in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge, Sarri took the opportunity to explain why he has struggled at times.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho (left) plays a pass during Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Huddersfield
Manager Maurizio Sarri has defended Jorginho following criticism for his recent performances
JORGINHO IN 2018-19
Chances created: 18
Total passed: 2,628
Pass accuracy: 90.18 per cent
Tackles made: 63
Duels won: 115
‘Jorginho played very well,’ Sarri said after braces from Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard helped Chelsea return to winning ways.
‘Jorginho needs movement without the ball from the other players because he is used to play one touch and it’s very difficult to play one touch without the movement of the other players.
‘So the team in the first 25-30 minutes played very well, we have movements without the ball and for Jorginho it’s easier I think.’
David Luiz added a fifth goal for Chelsea against bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield, with Jorginho enjoying one of his most impressive displays in the Premier League.
Sarri says that Jorginho relies on the movement of his team-mates to play his ‘one-touch’ style
Gonzalo Higuain scored twice after signing on loan to help Chelsea return to winning ways
‘We played our football because we moved the ball fast, very well,’ Sarri continued.
‘We didn’t play our backs to the opposing goal like in the last match but we attacked the spaces, so we played our football.’
Chelsea rose to fourth in the table after Saturday’s win. They take on champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next weekend.